Sparkle is a free performance creation workshop for LGBTTQ and Allied Youth Aged 15-25 presented by the frank theatre company and Made in BC- Dance on Tour
Facilitated by dancer and choreographer Naomi Brand and multi-disciplinary artist and performer Robert Leveroos.
Sunday afternoons: 3-5pm, September 27th-Nov 8th
The Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC. (Zagar Studio on the 7th floor)
Taking place over 7 Sundays. The first Sunday is drop-in. No workshop on Sunday Oct 11th.
This sounds fun! Tell me more!
Robert and Naomi are both experienced facilitators interested in learning from and collaborating with the participants. The participants will have the opportunity to help shape the course of the workshop and what form the final performance will take. Naomi, Robert and the participants will use movement, dance, text and improvisation to explore different issues and ways of devising and creating performance. Together they will build a safe, welcoming space to foster creativity, self-esteem and experimentation and explore identities. The workshops will culminate in a final performance/open house, the structure of which will be decided on by the participants.
No experience in dance, theatre or performance needed! This is a chance to experience/learn about movement and dance as an art form within theatre.
The first session is drop-in! Drop by to meet the facilitators and fellow participants and share your thoughts on what you’d like to get out of the workshop. From October 4th onwards, regular attendance is encouraged in order to build towards a final performance/open house.
Participants will receive an honorarium of $100.00 for attending 5/6 sessions. (Also to be discussed and confirmed amongst the ensemble).
Who are Robert and Naomi?
Robert Leveroos is a multi-disciplinary artist, performer, and insatiable tinkerer. He aims to strike imaginations and skew perceptions by exploring worlds where weight is given to the minute, the understated, and overlooked to uncover something recognizably human.
Recent work has been featured in Vancouver at the rEvolver Festival, The Queer Arts Festival, SIX FEST, The Cultch, The Dance Centre’s 10x10x10, The Firehall Art Centre’s BC Buds, The Gam Gallery, in Germany at Kunstlerhauser Worpswede, in Victoria at Theatre SKAM’s Bike Ride, and in Montreal at Zone Homa. Robert’s book credits include a lion in the bedroom, and Adrift/A la derive which was produced with support from Minnesota Centre for Books Arts. Robert is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada (Acting) and spent ten years studying theatre and design with The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN. In Vancouver, he served three seasons as Youth Program Manager at The Cultch and continues to work with young artists in various capacities. Robert is currently pursuing an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies at Simon Fraser University.
Naomi Brand is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award. Her formal dance training began at the University of Calgary where she earned both a BA (Dance) and an MFA (Drama). Naomi has cultivated a diverse artistic practice from her interests in somatics, contact improvisation, dance theatre and community engaged dance with diverse populations.
She has performed in the works of Tania Alvarado, Noam Gagnon, Helen Husak, Melanie Kloetzel (kloetzel&co), Sharon Moore, Davida Monk (M-Body), Jason Stroh and W&M Physical Theatre among others and is an Associate Artist with Projet bk. Her choreographic work has been featured in numerous venues and festivals across Canada most recently Vancouver’s Dancing on the Edge Festival, 12 Minutes Max, BLOOM, Expanse Festival (Edmonton), Alberta Dance Festival (Calgary) and Fluid Festival (Calgary) and as well in venues in Poland, Italy and Uruguay. Naomi was an instructor in the Dance Department at the University of Calgary 2007-2012 and spent five seasons as Artistic Associate of MoMo Mixed Ability Dance Theatre.
I’d like to sign up! How does that work?
To register for the workshop, please complete this simple form. Then, show up on September 27th to check it out. September 27th is drop-in. Regular attendance is encouraged from October 4th onwards.
Please contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-558-1440.